Hiking: Dog Mountain (Vancouver, CA)

Since the wildfires in BC had obscured the last trip up Mount Fromme and the parents were coming to visit from Australia, I took a week off from venturing into the mountains and opted to take a trip around Killarney Lake on Bowen Island to show off some of the Canadian outdoors on an easy walk.

Now that the parents are exploring the Rocky Mountains, it’s time for a little jaunt into the mountains again on a nice easy hike, with a couple of companions for a change.

Dog Mountain

The Dog Mountain hike is an easy hike accessed from Mount Seymour. This was a change from the other hikes, as it is not accessible via public transport. Fortunately I had a couple of companions who were kind enough to treat me for the day.

The trail is a 5 km round trip with minimal elevation gain that has a recommended trip time of 2 hours. As long as you aren’t crawling on your knees, you can accomplish this in a much shorter period. The view at the end will take up most of your time on this trail, it is absolutely incredible.

Dog mountain map.JPG

The trail head is relatively easy to find. From the top carpark at Mount Seymour, keep to the left and follow the gravel path until you have the base of a chair lift on your right. A short walk, keeping the chairlift to your right, will have you at the Dog Mountain trail.

In saying that this trail is easy, there are many slightly more technical parts of the trail, involving slippery tree roots and rocks that may be a little more difficult for some.  One of my companions below had no trouble with the terrain, only the squirrels.

Gracie taking a break from chasing the barking squirrels. View facing South East.

The trail is easy to follow and you will pass by a lake and cross a bridge, with signage clearly marking the continuation of the Dog Mountain trail. The next signage you will see is just before the summit clearing, where you are in for one incredible view.


This morning was rather overcast and the insect activity was at an all time high. Taking photos of my friend on her first Whisky Jack experience had my spare hand waving madly to keep the little pests out of my face.

Whisky Jacks planning their next heist.

If you’ve never met a Whisky Jack before, they are incredibly bold, and are not shy to land on your hand (head or any other part of your body) for a morsel of food. Although I am not one that advocates feeding wildlife, my friend had a great experience giving them a taste of some smooshed banana. No smooshed banana for the guy below.

That’s a wrap

Seeing as the day was overcast and dealing with the insects became increasingly intolerable, we lasted on the summit long enough to have lunch and take in the view. The trip back was easy and quick, and the insect activity died off as soon as we entered the woods.

There was a hollow tree just as you leave the summit that we found could fit a human inside of it. My powers of persuasion were better than I thought.

Cheapest rent in Vancouver.

Seeing that the sun was rising when we started the trail, there were no other people about at this time of the morning, which was just wonderful. As we came back to the chairlift beyond the start of the trail at 8 am, the carpark was beginning to steadily fill up.

Highly recommend this trail to take your dog for a an easy walk in the woods with an incredible view to break up the wilderness. Not sure if the insect activity will die down any time soon, but if you’re smarter than myself you would have packed some bug spray just in case.


Be sure to check out Vancouver Trails if you live in the area to get the low down on all the best hikes in South West British Columbia.

Don’t forget to like, comment, share, follow and sign up for my blog via email if any of this relates (or at the very least interesting!). Would love to hear your thoughts. You can find more words and pictures in the social media links to the right and in the menu above.


Happy hiking everyone.


4 thoughts on “Hiking: Dog Mountain (Vancouver, CA)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s